Just because the Crew is taking a brief holiday hiatus doesn't mean we should neglect our mantra of "practice, practice, practice!" Here are some tips for easy, low-stress, no-pressure, photo productivity during the holiday season.
1. Social Sniping — Spend quality time with friends and family and document those precious moments. Capturing the moment is the biggest priority, regardless of device used (cell phone, p&s, or SLR). Share your captures with others by email, on social networks, and load digital photo frames for display on the mantel.
2. Feast Your Eyes — Snap those fun food shots at holiday gatherings. Take time to experiment with shooting just the food, the entire table, and the whole gang gathered 'round for the feast.
3. That's A Wrap — Capture the glitz, glitter, and holiday sparkle ... from decorations and lights, to ribbons and wrapping paper. And ... don't forget to "wrap up" the loose ends of processing your awesome images from our Crew events.
4. Holiday Academia — Create self-imposed assignments before heading out to holiday gatherings and events. During your time enjoying food, fun, and the company of others, study your surroundings and be on the prowl for photo opportunities that meet these assignments. This practice will help keep your photographic eye sharp. Use a stealth approach in capturing those images to avoid upsetting the host and fellow guests. Examples: capture only specific colors, numbers, shapes, textures, themes, poses, expressions, emotions, and other endless ideas.
Regardless of where this holiday season finds you, make sure to follow the ABS Rule ... Always Be Shooting!
Post your favorite holiday photo traditions below in comments to share them with others.